Stolen Intellectual Property; ZeniMax Media Sues Samsung Over Gear VR

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The global company ZeniMax has filed a lawsuit against tech giants Samsung and their Gear VR headset.  ZeniMax Media is the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda, which has contributed to popular video games such as the Fallout series and The Elder Scrolls.

Early this year ZeniMax was awarded $500 million after successfully suing Facebook’s Oculus for allegedly stealing and using virtual reality technology owned by the company. Now the company has turned their attention toward Samsung, claiming the company is guilty of similar crimes.

The suit claims Samsung has profited from intellectual property first developed at ZeniMax. Samsung’s Gear VR was developed along with Oculus, therefore, the company is accusing Samsung of infringing on ZeniMax Media’s copyright.

In ZeniMax’s first lawsuit against Oculus, they accused the company of using one of their former employees to steal the information. John Carmack, along with five others, used to run a video game development firm within ZeniMax called id Software but joined Oculus VR as CTO in 2013.

John Carmack – (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

ZeniMax Media claims Carmack talked with Oculus behind closed doors, and then stole thousands of ZeniMax documents when he left. According to Business Insider, ZeniMax believes Oculus built its mobile software development kit via the use of that stolen information, which is how Samsung came up with the Gear VR.

“The code and confidential documents stolen by Carmack from ZeniMax permitted Oculus to secretly develop a mobile software development kit … and related software for the Samsung Gear VR. This mobile SDK and related software obtained and utilised by Samsung from Oculus uses ZeniMax’s trade secrets and copyrighted code and was obtained by Oculus (and subsequently by Samsung) in violation of the contractual obligations owed by Oculus and Luckey to ZeniMax under the NDA and in violation of the contractual obligations owed by Carmack under his employment agreement with ZeniMax.”

ZeniMax believes Samsung should have been well aware of its lawsuit against Oculus because it was filed while the Gear VR was being developed, but Samsung has yet to comment on the suit.

Carmack is also counter-suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million claiming the company still owes him money. You can read ZeniMax’s full lawsuit against Samsung below.

Zeni Max Samsung Lawsuit



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